Section Four: Interim Leadership
In the event at least four men qualified as Elders according to the biblical standards cannot be found in the congregation, an Executive Committee shall be formed of neither less than three nor more the nine men who most closely approximate the biblical qualifications for Elders.
These leaders will be appointed by majority vote of the membership and will relinquish their duties to a duly qualified Board of Elders as soon as four or more such Elders are installed and recognized by the congregation.
Section Five: Term of Office
Elders are expected to serve on the Elder board until the due providence of God mandates otherwise.
An Elder may be disciplined according to Biblical principles, although no accusation against an Elder is to be taken seriously unless there are two or three witnesses (I Tim. 5:19). An Elder will be subject to scrutiny not only in the areas which might require discipline as an ordinary member, but also as to his continued meeting of the qualifications for Eldership.
If an Elder ceases to meet those qualifications, he shall be ministered to through the discipline process outlined in Scripture. During that process, the Elders may advise him to step aside from his office for a time so that he may put his life in order.
An Elder may of his own will request to be relieved from office either temporarily or permanently, if he feels unable to serve for any reason. Should that situation arise, the remaining Elders, according to sound wisdom, will determine possible reinstatement at a later time.